Kohima/Jorhat: Strengthening friendship and cooperation among the Assamese and Naga people, the Naga Hoho and the Asom Sahitya Sabha (ASS) converged for a second round table conference here on Saturday.
The first Asom-Naga Round Table Meet was held at Guwahati on October 9, 2015, wherein the two sides resolved to strengthen friendship and fraternity and enhance cooperation between the people from the two states. The second round saw participation by elders of the Naga Society, Naga Mothers’ Association, and Naga Students’ Federation.
Naga Hoho president Chuba Ozukum said that unless there is goodwill and unity of purpose, building of trust will be a challenging process. While referring to the perplexing problems that have arisen between the two neighbours over the years, particularly the unsettled inter-state boundary issue, he said these issues should not be allowed to keep the people from taking the peace process forward.
Dhruvajyoti Bora, the president of Asom Sahitya Sabha, said, “We are here to explore the possibilities of resolving the differences between our people.” He also emphasized the need address the issues on a regular basis.
Former Nagaland minister, Tiameren Aier, who was the chief guest, said the Nagas and the Assamese used to have strong ties, but were divided after the advent of the colonial rule.
The Assam team was led by Assam Sahitya Sabha president Dhruva Jyoti Bora and included Aasu adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya.
ASS general secretary Paramananda Rajbanshi said, “The ASS has taken up a programme, Interstate Setubandhan, to build unity between the neighbouring states. Our main aim is to ensure peace and harmony among the states by means of cultural exchange.”